I’m not a list maker by nature. It requires way more organizational effort than I usually care to exercise. If you’ve read my About Me list, you’ve probably figured this out on your own.
More than my lack of organizational skills, it is my lack of constancy that keeps me from embracing the bucket list. Sure, if I was handed a wad of cash and told to book a vacation today, I could do it. Today, given enough cash, I’d book an African safari for a winter vacation. Less money, I’d go to the Florida Keys.
That’s today. Yesterday, I was thinking about Italy and Scotland. Who knows what I’ll be thinking about tomorrow. I don’t.
The idea of making a list today, and sticking with it, is so alien to me. I’m too much of a flibbertigibbit to want to be held to yesterday’s dreams.
Or am I missing the point? Is this one of those Type A things that I just don’t get? Is the list not about daydreaming? Is it an actual plan?
Do people rank their bucket lists and complete them in order? Or do they allow for some randomness in the completion? It’s a ‘to each his own’ thing, isn’t it?
Aside from my own flightiness, there are so many uncontrollable external factors. Time, money, health, war, politics, climate change, uncooperative spouses.
I think I may have lost my chance to visit Egypt. Not that the chance was ever great, but I feel like the political situation there has reduced my chances of seeing the pyramids from “possible, but unlikely” to “almost nil.” How would I feel about not being able to see the pyramids at Giza if it had been part of my life’s plan, not just wishful thinking?
Do you allow yourself to erase items from your bucket list, or must you soldier on?
When I started thinking about this, ie five minutes ago, I googled and found bucketlist.org, where people can make their lists online, and other people can browse them for ideas. Browse for ideas? If you can’t think of it yourself, how badly can you really want it?
I looked at the Recently Added feed. Many people want to travel. Several list scuba diving. One wants to have a book published. Get a law degree. Fly a plane. Win the lottery. I hope they do all those things, but when they don’t, I hope they are happy anyway.
What about you? Do you have a bucket list?